1. Archbishop Chaput (USA): The transformative power of grace.
The work of this synod needs to show much more confidence in the Word of God, the transformative power of grace, and the ability of people to actually live what the Church believes. And it should honor the heroism of abandoned spouses who remain faithful to their vows and the teaching of the Church.
We need to call people to perseverance in grace and to trust in the greatness God intended for them — not confirm them in their errors. Marriage embodies Christian hope – hope made flesh and sealed permanently in the love of a man and a woman.
This synod needs to preach that truth more clearly with the radical passion of the Cross and Resurrection.—catholicphilly.com
2. His Beatitude Gregory III Laham (Greek-Melkite Patriarch of Antioch, SYRIA): The Sacrament of Matrimony."One should always speak of the "sacrament of matrimony" and not "marriage". To show the spiritual beauty of marriage. To assist spouses one must show them the unchangeable, spiritual vision of matrimony. Many times we are not united with the positive vision of marriage and the family. Jesus corrected Moses. Dissoluble marriage is against its nature".—source: Toronto Catholic Witness.
3. Archbishop Derocher (CANADA): Women deacons.
“I think we should really start looking seriously at the possibility of ordaining women deacons,” he told CNS he had told the Synod. —Washington Post
4. Cardinal Erdo (HUNGARY): The mercy of God and conversion from sin.
Regarding the divorced and civilly remarried, a merciful, pastoral accompaniment is only right: an accompaniment, however, which leaves no doubt about the truth of the indissolubility of marriage taught by Jesus Christ himself. The mercy of God offers to sinners pardon, but demands conversion. The sin in this case does not lie first and foremost in whatever comportment which may have led to the breakup of the first marriage. With regard to that failure it is possible that both parties were equally culpable, although very often both are to some extent responsible. It is therefore not the failure of the first marriage, but cohabiting in the second relationship that impedes access to the Eucharist. “Many parties request that the attention to and the accompaniment of persons who are divorced and civilly remarried take into account the diversity of situations and be geared towards a greater integration of them into the life of the Christian community” (Instrumentum Laboris, 121). What impedes some aspects of full integration does not consist in an arbitrary prohibition; it is, rather, an intrinsic demand of varied situations and relationships, in the context of ecclesial witness. All this requires, however, a profound reflection.—CNA
Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins spoke on a similar theme as Napier’s tweet during his intervention at the Synod this year, emphasizing the need to promote repentance and conversion while the Church accompanies people. He described his three-minute speech to Catholic News Service on Thursday.
"The truest compassionate mercy is a compassion that challenges," explained the cardinal. He said meeting people “where they are” comes first, "but that is only the first thing. The second thing is to help them become what God wants them to be."
"Just to have accompaniment as people are moving in the direction away from the Lord is not enough. We need to be with them in order to help people to follow our Lord,” he added.—LifeSiteNews.